Filming your fall deer hunt? Here are some tips.
Fall is officially here, vacation days are being requested and you're planning on having the best deer season of your life. To help preserve these memories, here are seven tips for filming your deer hunt this fall.
Watching hunting shows on television inspires us all to film our own hunts. It's definitely a process and can be daunting at times, yet the reward is well worth it.
Having the ability to go back and share your story with friends is absolutely priceless and not to mention, you also get to watch your hunt as many times over as you'd like.
Check out these seven great tips to help you successfully film your deer hunts this season.
1. Record everything
It seems like a no-brainer, I know, but having too much content is always better than having too little content.
Your hunt starts prior to the season and well before getting up into the treestand, and thus your filming should too.
Throughout the off-season, film yourself hanging trail cameras, practicing shooting, buying new equipment and scouting. Take a camera with you everywhere you go to capture video clips of the entire experience.
After you bag that buck, you'll be able to piece together the entire story for everyone to see.
2. Point of View
Having a point of view camera with you in the woods is going to help create some really unique footage. Regardless of the brand that you choose, picking out a small camera with a wide angle lens will work best for capturing these shots.
Attach this camera to your bow when you're walking to your stand, have it behind you when you shoot and have it as a second angle from the bucks view as you film your recovery shot.
3. Allow for extra time
One of the first mistakes that I ever made filming myself hunting was forgetting to allow for more time.
It's important for several reasons. The first reason is so that you can film short clips getting ready, walking to your spot and climbing up into your stand.
The second is to actually get set up for your hunt. It's crucial to make sure that all of your gear is setup and functioning correctly without cutting into any of your hunting time. As we all know, being rushed in the woods is never a good feeling.
4. Camera arm height
If you're hunting out of a treestand, then having a camera arm is going to be your best friend. But think twice before simply ratcheting it to the tree that you're sitting in.
The best location to have the arm mounted is at waste height. This will allow you to easily maneuver the camera while both sitting down and standing up.
Ensure that the camera arm is mounted sturdy and level. There is nothing worse than letting go of your camera and watching it twist away because of a crooked setup.
5. Gear for weather
Mother Nature isn't always so forgiving, especially during deer season. Invest in a waterproof camera cover that allows the camera to function in less than ideal conditions.
Also, remember to bring along an extra set of batteries for all of the gear that you're running. Cold weather during deer season drains batteries much faster than the warm weather of summer.
6. Natural light
Sometimes when you're out in the field you don't have much of a choice of where to place your camera.
Be mindful of the sun and try to use it to your advantage when filming. Avoid having any camera film you from below, as the background of the sky will make you look like a silhouette. Place your point of view camera above you when filming, as this will help to create a more clear and bright setting.
7. White balance
This is one of those times where you probably want to find the instruction manual for that camera you picked up. Trust me, it's worth it!
White balance is a really important setting because if not set correctly, the colors in your video can be skewed. On most cameras, it's as simple as focusing the camera on a white piece of paper and clicking a few buttons, but the process can be slightly different for some cameras.
Taking the time to adjust this setting properly will allow for your hunts to be recorded just as you see them.
Successfully filming your deer hunts will take lots of time and tons of practice, but don't be discouraged. Always keep in mind that the final project looks a lot simpler than all of the effort and clips that went into producing the entire piece.
Good luck out there this season and keep those cameras rolling!